Mojo Monday: Toni Morrison Talks About Her New Novel “Home” & the Presidential Medal of Freedom

It’s Mojo Monday, and as always, I’ve got a little something-something to lift your creative spirits, buoy you up, help you get your mojo on, and nudge (or better yet, catapult) you into writerhead.


Toni Morrison recently talked to Charlie Rose about her new novel Home, receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, and why she writes. Here are a few gold nuggets:

“Well, you know, I’m trying not to write just because I can. Or just write more. I’m trying to write less that needs more. That says more. To refine it in a way.”

“I think art really is the acquisition of knowledge. And it can lead knowledge to wisdom. That’s what I write for. That’s what I read about in other people’s work. It’s not playground. It’s not just creative writing, you know, sort of a nice little self-involved enterprise. For me, it’s extremely important, for the clarification, not only of the past, but of who we are as human beings in this country.”

“Writing books for me is Eden. It’s everything. It’s free. It’s so free. And it has a danger that I can control. You know, the danger of making a mistake and doing it wrong. But I can control that. And it’s mine. And nobody tells me what to do.”

And when Charlie asks, “Have you written the stories you want to write?” she says, “Not all of them. There’s one more.”

Oh, thank goodness, Toni. One more.

[For the rest of her shiny brilliance, here’s the video…]

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